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Jail term slashed on appeal for sexual abuse convict.

A MAN jailed for sexually abusing an eight-year-old boy outside a religious learning centre has had his sentence slashed on appeal.

The 28-year-old was handed a five-year jail sentence by the High Criminal Court in December, after his DNA was found on the victim's clothing.

He was found guilty of sexually assaulting the child outside the centre, in Muharraq, at 8.30pm on May 2 last year. Judges heard that he threatened to harm the child further if he told anyone what had happened.

However, he appealed against his conviction at the Supreme Criminal Appeals Court, which has reduced his jail sentence to three years. Defence lawyer Omar Abdulaziz argued he should be acquitted because the only evidence was the defendant's DNA on the child's clothing.

He claimed he could have brushed against the victim accidentally. "There were no traces of semen found on the victim's clothes, only DNA belonging to my client," Mr Abdulaziz told the GDN.

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Publication:Gulf Daily News (Manama, Bahrain)
Date:May 5, 2017
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